Digital Assets

Digital assets are about more than just Bitcoin. The global adoption of blockchain, expansion of cross-border payments, new investment vehicles tied to intellectual property, and more, could one day establish a global market of digitized assets worth $50 trillion. This channel provides access to the latest developments, opportunities, risks, and thought leaders in the growing Digital Assets space.

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Digital Assets: The Texas Grid Pays Thiel-backed Layer1 to not Mine Cryptos in August

Layer1, the bitcoin miner backed by the likes of top-flight VC Peter Thiel and early-stage investor Shasta Ventures, based its operations in west Texas to take advantage of cheap power. Wind energy and natural gas combine to make the cost of power here the cheapest in the world. But for Layer1, there’s icing on this cake. It gets paid $17 million annually to not draw power when the grid needs it most.

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Ant Financial to Develop Blockchain Based Agro-Monitoring Product With Bayer
September 30, 2019

Ant Financial and Bayer Crop have signed an LOI to develop a blockchain-powered platform to monitor agricultural production jointly. The new system will boost efficiencies in agricultural production. It will…

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More Americans Know at Least One Cryptocurrency
September 30, 2019

A new YouGov survey suggests that more Americans than ever are learning about cryptocurrencies. The survey shows that 81% of Americans have heard of at least one cryptocurrency.

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Investors in Ripple’s XRP Rely on SEC Guidance To Claim It Was An ‘Unregistered Security’
September 27, 2019

The SEC’s Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets has given a group of plaintiffs more power to their elbow in a May 2018 lawsuit. The investors have amended…

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Investors in Ripple’s XRP Rely on SEC Guidance To Claim It Was An ‘Unregistered Security’
September 27, 2019

Investors amended their complaint in a May 2018 lawsuit regarding the XRP cryptocurrency, relying on SEC’s guidance on digital assets. The SEC’s Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets…

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CME Group to Launch Bitcoin Options In 2020
September 20, 2019

CME Group, which introduced futures in bitcoin in 2017, will launch options on the digital currency in 2020. CME Group’s bitcoin options will enable market participants to hedge or speculate…

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Swiss Private Bank Launches Digital Asset Services Including for Bitcoin And Ethereum
September 19, 2019

Arab Bank Switzerland, a leading Swiss private bank, will provide custody and brokerage services for Bitcoin and Ethereum. The bank will target high net worth clients for the services. It…

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Deutsche Bank Joins JPMorgan Blockchain Project
September 18, 2019

The project now serves 320 banks around the globe on cross-border payments The JPMorgan Blockchain Project just got another big player in the blockchain game. Deutsche Bank has joined JP…

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Marshall Islands to issue its own national cryptocurrency
September 16, 2019

Marshall Islands snubbed the IMF and overcame initial US Treasury objections to its issue of a state-backed digital currency The tiny Pacific republic is about to fructify its year-long effort…

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Libra Association chief undeterred by regulatory outcry; says Libra cryptocurrency will launch 2020
September 16, 2019

Bertrand Perez, General Director of the Libra Association, said Facebook would not delay the launch of Libra In an interview with online French news site Les Echos, Perez confirmed that…

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Facebook’s Libra: Paypal non-committal in the face of regulatory rumblings
September 16, 2019

PayPal, a member of the Libra Association, said its membership is “a non-binding commitment” There is somewhat of an international furor around Facebook’s proposed Libra digital currency. Central banks, financial…

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